It’s been four months since we released Version 1 of the Style Guide to the public, and the response has been incredible. From the moment we published V1, we’ve continued to improve the guide internally. Through daily editorial work and engaging with users like you, we’ve expunged typos, clarified entries, and expanded our list of terms to apply to our wider audience.
The result is a much stronger guide with 200+ new terms that expand our coverage of common tools for security research, angles of attack, corporate jargon, and pop culture. We also improved our Technical Formatting table, included new guidance in Appendix B about using progressive language, and added part of speech for most terms. Lastly, the revised PDF now lets users jump from topic to topic using bolded Related terms.
Here’s an alphabetical sampling of the 214 new terms found in the cybersecurity style guide:
- bitmap (n.)
- callback hell (n.)
- deepfake (adj. or n.)
- eavesdrop (v.)
- four-way handshake (n.)
- gems (n.)
- healthcare (n.)
- keysigning party (n.),
- peripherals (n.)
- typosquatting (n. or v.)
- USDZ file (n.)
- zipbomb (n.)
As always, this is a living reference work and we welcome your feedback. If you have suggestions for future improvement, please let us know at [email protected].
COMING UP: Brianne Hughes will be presenting a Style Guide-inspired spelling bee, “SpellCheck,” at The Circle of HOPE and DEF CON. A digital version of the style guide, too, is in the works.
Brianne Hughes is a Technical Editor at Bishop Fox, a security consulting firm providing services to the Fortune 500, global financial institutions, and high-tech startups. Between deadlines, she and her fellow editors develop internal reference materials and provide ongoing training to consultants. Brianne holds a Master of Linguistics from the University of York. She continues to pursue her research on compound morphology and has shared her linguistic findings with Ignite Portland, SHEL/DSNA, and Odd Salon.